Lebara SIM Only: 30 Day Plans From £5/Month With First Month Free

August 19th, 2017

Lebara Mobile has 30-day SIM-only plans from £5/month with the first month’s usage free.

In the UK, Lebara Mobile has recently launched a range of new SIM-only plans from £5/month. The new plans work on a 30-day rolling basis and include an allowance of UK minutes, international minutes, UK data and UK texts. Exclusively, readers of this website can currently get their first month’s usage free, followed by an introductory discount on the full price for the first 3 months.

In this article, we’ll review Lebara Mobile’s new SIM-only offering. We’ll start by looking at their line-up of SIM-only plans and how you can benefit from the exclusive “first month’s free” offer. We’ll then discuss how you can use a Lebara SIM card inside your current smartphone, the level of coverage to expect and how to keep your phone number when moving to Lebara Mobile.

SIM Only Plans

30 Day Plans

Lebara Mobile’s SIM-only plans start from £5/month.

In the UK, Lebara Mobile now offers 30-day rolling plans on a pre-paid basis. Customers can sign up to one of four SIM-only plans with no credit check and with no need to sign any contracts (you simply pay for one month each time and can cancel at any time).

The four SIM-only plans currently available are as follows:

Network Minutes Texts Internet Monthly
Cost
Lebara Mobile 500
+500 intl.
100 1GB £5.00
for 3 months
(£9/mo after)
Lebara Mobile 500
+500 intl.
100 3GB £8.00
for 3 months
(£13/mo after)
Lebara Mobile Unlimited
+100 intl.
100 4GB £8.00
for 3 months
(£13/mo after)
Lebara Mobile Unlimited
+100 intl.
100 10GB £15.00
for 3 months
(£18/mo after)

* See the “international calls” section below for a list of countries included for the international minutes.

Readers using the KFREE voucher code when ordering their SIM card online will get their first month of usage for free. An introductory price (listed above) is then paid for the first 3 months, with the plan returning to its full price after the 3 months are over.

Payment for the cost of your plan will be taken automatically at the start of each month. You can use either a credit card, debit card or PayPal for this (there’s no need to set-up a Direct Debit as you would on many other mobile networks).

As the SIM-only plans work on a pre-paid basis, by default you won’t be able to run-up additional charges outside of your allowance. However, you can top-up and add credit to your account for this or you can buy an add-on (e.g. for additional minutes and data).

Order Lebara Mobile SIM-Only Plan »
Use the KFREE voucher code during checkout for your first month free (offer ends 31st August 2017).

International Calls

Historically, one of Lebara Mobile’s network-wide USPs has been the ability for customers to call internationally at a low cost. With Lebara’s new SIM-only plans, this USP is still in place with all of the plans including an allowance of international minutes.

  • If you choose either the 1GB or 3GB plan (“SIM Only All in One Plan”), you’ll have 500 inclusive international minutes which can be used for calling 50 destinations around the world.
  • If you choose either the 4GB or 10GB plan (“SIM Only UK Plan”), you’ll have 100 inclusive international minutes for calling one of 22 European destinations.

The following table shows the inclusive destinations on each type of plan:

Destination Included Within International Minutes?
All in One (1GB & 3GB) UK (4GB & 10GB)
Aland Islands
Australia
Austria
Belgium
Bulgaria
Canada
China
Christmas Island
Cocos (Keeling) Islands
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Hong Kong
Hungary
Iceland
India
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Korea; Republic of
Latvia
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Malaysia
Malta
Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway
Pitcairn
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Singapore
Slovakia
Slovenia
South Africa
Spain
Svalbard and Jan Mayen
Sweden
Switzerland
Thailand
United States
United States Minor Outlying Islands

For any international phone calls not covered by your inclusive allowance, you’ll pay Lebara Mobile’s standard international calling rates.

Voucher Code Offer

As an exclusive offer for readers of this website, it’s currently possible to get the first month free on Lebara Mobile’s SIM-only deals.

To benefit from this offer, you should use the KFREE voucher code when ordering your SIM card online from Lebara’s website. You’ll also benefit from an introductory price for your first 3 months on the SIM-only plan.

Order Lebara Mobile SIM-Only Plan »
Use the KFREE voucher code during checkout for your first month free (offer ends 31st August 2017).

Comparison to Pay As You Go

If you don’t want a SIM-only plan that renews automatically, it’s also possible to order a free SIM card on Lebara Pay As You Go.

On Lebara Mobile’s regular Pay As You Go service, it’s also possible to buy a range of All in One and UK bundles. Typically, you’ll pay about £5 to £7 more each month on regular Pay As You Go (or £1 to £2 extra once the introductory period is over).

Besides the automatic renewal feature, most other elements remain exactly the same when comparing SIM Only and Pay As You Go.

Handsets

With Lebara Mobile’s SIM-only plans, you’ll need to provide your own unlocked smartphone to use with the service. This can either be your existing handset, or you can buy a new smartphone on a SIM-free basis.

If you’d like to use your current smartphone, it may be necessary for you to first unlock it. For more information, please see our full guides to unlocking an iPhone or unlocking a Samsung Galaxy smartphone.

If you’d like a brand new smartphone with which you can use your Lebara SIM-only tariff, there are a range of potential retailers listed here. At present, our recommended handset is the Moto G5: a mid-range Android smartphone costing about £150 unlocked.

Lebara Mobile provides a one-size-fits-all SIM card. You can pop out the Standard SIM, Micro SIM or Nano SIM as required for your handset.

Network & Coverage

2G & 3G Coverage from Vodafone

Lebara Mobile offers 98% population coverage, with 2G & 3G coverage from Vodafone.

In the UK, Lebara Mobile uses Vodafone as its network coverage provider. Customers will get access to 2G and 3G coverage from Vodafone, but do not currently have access to Vodafone’s 4G network.

At the time of writing, Lebara Mobile offers 98% population coverage through its partnership with Vodafone. Before joining Lebara Mobile, it’s recommended you check the coverage availability in your area. You can do this on the Vodafone website, ignoring any results for 4G coverage as this will not be available to you.

Check Lebara Mobile Coverage Map (vodafone.co.uk) »

For more information, please see our in-depth guide to mobile phone coverage in the UK.

4G Coverage Isn’t Available

Unfortunately, Lebara Mobile doesn’t yet offer any 4G coverage. It’s not known when 4G will launch to customers on Lebara as the company is still yet to announce a launch date for it.

Keeping Your Phone Number

At present, Lebara’s SIM-only plans are only available for new customers joining from another mobile network. It’s a straightforward process to bring your phone number with you to Lebara Mobile. Once you’ve ordered your new SIM-only deal, you should contact old mobile network to ask for a PAC Code. It’s a legal requirement for your old mobile network to provide you with a PAC Code and they’ll need to do this within 2 hours of your request.

Once your new SIM card arrives from Lebara, you should contact Lebara Mobile Customer Services to give them your PAC Code (call 5588 from your Lebara handset or 0870 075 5588 from any other phone). Your phone number will then normally be transferred on the next working day, and you’ll also get £4 of extra credit for free.

For a step-by-step guide on transferring your phone number to Lebara Mobile, please select your current mobile network from the dropdown menu below:

PAC Code Finder: Transfer Your Phone Number to Lebara Mobile

Your current network provider:

  More Options

For more information about transferring your phone number between networks, please see our guide to using a PAC Code.

More Information

For more information about Lebara’s SIM-only plans, please see their official website.

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Your Comments

We'd love to hear your thoughts and any questions you may have. So far, we've received 6 comments from readers. You can add your own comment here.

  1. tek said:

    Hi,

    I really appreciate this blog, it really helpful and because of your advice I recently got Giff Gaff sim card as it seems like its the most affordable network to call Eritrea. Do know of any other networks that have a better deal to call Eritrea. Any help would be appreciated.

  2. Paul said:

    I’ve not been able to subscribe either, saying my payment won’t go through due to a error with my card that is working on all other sites. I’ve tried two cards.

    1. Ken replied:

      Hi Paul (& all below),
      Thanks very much for letting me know about this. I’ve pinged the guys at Lebara to let them know the issue, and will update you all as soon as I hear back.
      Ken

      1. Paul Dunstan replied:

        thanks for your help, Ken

  3. Les said:

    I think the £5 plan has been discontinued almost as soon as it began. I tried for an hour using different cards. All resulted in an error. Tried again just now and gave a general site error (different to the error received before). Not a good look for a company. I’m avoiding companies that can’t even handle payment processing; doesn’t inspire confidence in their other operations.

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